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European Commission Spokesman's Briefing for 02-09-02

Midday Express: News from the EU Commission Spokesman's Briefings Directory - Previous Article - Next Article

From: EUROPA, the European Commission Server at <http://europa.eu.int>


CONTENTS / CONTENU

  • [01] Services financiers : le nouveau guide FIN-NET aidera les consommateurs à faire valoir leurs recours transfrontaliers
  • [02] Commission clears flexible packaging joint venture between Denmark's Danapak and Teich of Austria
  • [03] La Commission autorise la création d'entreprises communes entre Morgan Stanley et Olivetti/Telecom Italia dans le secteur de l'immobilier
  • [04] Commission stresses commitment to combat illegal logging
  • [05] EU launches major energy partnership initiative at World Summit
  • [06] Foreign Sales Corporations : EU welcomes WTO award of US$ 4 billion of countermeasures and renews call for expeditious US compliance with WTO rules
  • [07] 224 projets culturels européens recevront en 2002 le soutien du programme "Culture 2000"
  • [08] Franz Fischler claims that fundamental opposition would be an own goal for farmers
  • [09] Autre matériel diffusé Midday Express 02/09/2002 TXT: FR ENPDF:DOC:Midday Express 02/09/2002

  • [01] Services financiers : le nouveau guide FIN-NET aidera les consommateurs à faire valoir leurs recours transfrontaliers

    La Commission européenne a publié un nouveau guide du consommateur sur le site de FIN-NET, le réseau transfrontalier des recours extrajudiciaires en matière de services financiers. FIN-NET, qui repose sur une coopération entre les organismes nationaux de règlement des litiges, est dans ce domaine le premier réseau transfrontalier "alternatif" pleinement fonctionnel de l'Union européenne. De ce fait, il occupe une place centrale dans le dispositif de la Commission censé développer un véritable marché intérieur des services financiers de détail. Le nouveau guide, qui s'inscrit dans le cadre de l'initiative "Dialogue avec les citoyens" visant à informer le particulier de ses droits dans le marché intérieur, a pour but d'aider les citoyens européens à comprendre et à utiliser le réseau FIN- NET. Le guide est disponible dans les onze langues officielles de l'Union et peut être obtenu notamment en contactant le centre d'appel EUROPE DIRECT (00800 67891011). Un million et demi d'exemplaires de ce guide seront distribués. Il peut également être consulté en ligne, à l'adresse suivante: http://europa.eu.int/comm/internal_market/fr/finances/consumer/

    [02] Commission clears flexible packaging joint venture between Denmark's Danapak and Teich of Austria

    The European Commission has cleared a flexible packaging joint venture between Danapak A/S, a Danish manufacturer of packaging products, and Teich AG of Austria which also makes flexible packaging products. The transaction does not cause any competition problems since the joint venture will face competition from big rivals such as Amcor, Alcan and VAW Europack.

    [03] La Commission autorise la création d'entreprises communes entre Morgan Stanley et Olivetti/Telecom Italia dans le secteur de l'immobilier

    La Commission européenne a autorisé la création de deux entreprises communes dans le domaine de la vente et de la location de biens immobiliers à usage commercial par la banque d'investissement américaine Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co. et le groupe italien Olivetti/Telecom Italia, qui opère dans le secteur des technologies de l'information et des télécommunications. La Commission est parvenue à la conclusion que l'opération ne créera pas de problèmes de concurrence dans les villes de Milan et de Rome, les deux seules zones géographiques touchées par l'opération, en raison de la présence d'autres concurrents qualifiés et puissants dans ces villes.

    [04] Commission stresses commitment to combat illegal logging

    At a side event held on 31 August at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in Johannesburg, the European Commission underlined its commitment to combating illegal logging and trade in illicitly produced timber.

    [05] EU launches major energy partnership initiative at World Summit

    The European Union yesterday launched a major partnership initiative on energy aimed at eradicating poverty and promoting sustainable development. The EU Energy Initiative was launched at a special event during the World Sustainable Development Summit (WSSD) in Johannesburg by Danish Prime Minister and current EU President, Anders Fogh Rasmussen, and European Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid Poul Nielson.

    [06] Foreign Sales Corporations : EU welcomes WTO award of US$ 4 billion of countermeasures and renews call for expeditious US compliance with WTO rules

    On 30 August, the EU welcomed the decision by the WTO arbitrators to authorise the EU to take countermeasures of US$ 4,043 million. This decision should bring US compliance with the WTO rulings a step closer. Following the decision, Euuropean Trade Commissioner Pascal Lamy said : "We are satisfied by this decision that makes the cost of non-compliance with WTO crystal clear. The arbitrators have endorsed the EU's request, i.e. they have given us an amount of potential countermeasures which will create a major incentive for the US to eliminate this huge illegal export subsidy."

    [07] 224 projets culturels européens recevront en 2002 le soutien du programme "Culture 2000"

    Les 224 projets sélectionnés se partageront plus de 33 millions d'€. Une majorité des propositions retenues porte sur les arts visuels, domaine prioritaire en 2002. 28 pays européens participent au programme "Culture 2000" (2000-2004), qui permet cette année à plus de 750 opérateurs culturels de travailler ensemble à des projets de dimension européenne.

    [08] Franz Fischler claims that fundamental opposition would be an own goal for farmers

    During his visit to Vienna today to discuss proposals for the mid-term review of the common agricultural policy (CAP) European Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler stressed that changes in the support system were not only in the interests of the consumers, the environment and animal welfare, but in the basic interests of Austrian farmers. The Commissioner claimed that with their total rejection of the proposals, some farmers representatives were scoring an own goal. Closing their ears to the expectations of the public and playing a waiting game was an attitude which would backfire because in so doing the farmers would lose the support of the taxpayers. Mr Fischler found it hard to understand the logic in totally rejecting a proposal which would work to the advantage of Austrian farmers since under the new support system they would receive more money at the end of the day than previously particularly since the strengthening of rural development policy would provide financial assistance to farmers in preparation for enlargement. He wanted to clear up the false impression that the Commission was setting out to reduce the agricultural budget. The Commission had kept its word. Not a comma had been changed in the budget plans up to 2006 and all that would happen was that the money would be used more sensibly and more efficiently.

    [09] Autre matériel diffusé

    Speech by Romano Prodi : "The North-South Pact" at the World Summit on Sustainable Development (Johannesburg)

    From EUROPA, the European Commission Server at http://europa.eu.int/
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